Frieren Is “Disrespectful To Women” Says A Chinese Website

The article also alluded to the fact that 90% of Japanese anime and manga feature such scenes

Frieren: Beyond Journey's End

Chinese portal Sina published an article claiming Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End doesn’t respect women.

They claimed this was due to a scene that made fun of women’s breasts.

The article also alluded to the fact that 90% of Japanese anime and manga feature such scenes, and now these are considered tradition.

Some comments on the site stated:

”In the anime, there is a character who can use his clairvoyance, and when he applies it to a male character, he mocks the size of his genetia.

It is not logical to say that mocking a woman’s body is disrespectful to women, while mocking a man’s body is funny. It’s a double standard, right?”

He added, ”In my opinion, today’s viewers are bored. They insult trivial things and are always creating controversies about culture, society, the lack of respect for women, and discrimination.

First of all, isn’t watching anime a pleasure? Sensitive people should not watch anime or read Japanese manga. In the eyes of these people, any work of art will only be seen as racist.”

The article also stated that Frieren wears a skirt and leggings, and this is only done to satisfy male fans.

To this, one user responded by saying, “Wasn’t it these people who were calling for ‘women’s freedom of dress’ in the first place?

If wearing skirts and tights is a male-centered viewpoint, what about women’s freedom of dress? Who is it that is oppressing women’s freedom?”

At the end, they said, “I know it sounds bad, but some people would do well to watch children’s cartoons like Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol; that way, they won’t feel offended by the productions.

The characters are not humans; therefore, they will not see any type of discrimination.”

Frieren: Beyond Journey’s End manga is written by Kanehito Yamada and illustrated by Tsukasa Abe.

Yamda and Abe started manga serialization in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday in April 2020.

The manga has collected nine tankobon volumes as of September 2022. The manga had 8 million copies in circulation as of March 2023.

Viz Media describes the manga as:

‘The adventure is over, but life goes on for an elf mage just beginning to learn what living is all about.

Elf mage Frieren and her courageous fellow adventurers have defeated the Demon King and brought peace to the land. But Frieren will long outlive the rest of her former party.

How will she come to understand what life means to the people around her? Decades after their victory, the funeral of one of her friends confronts Frieren with her own near immortality.

Frieren sets out to fulfill the last wishes of her comrades and finds herself beginning a new adventure…”

Source: Yaraon